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Is Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal Pakistan’s first female president?

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters are having a rather ‘blessed’ week with news coming in that their party is ready to form government in the center, Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab while joining the coalition government in Balochistan and leading the opposition in Sindh. “Change has come” has been the central conversation of every office, school, and house in the country ever since July 25 election. But, today, the rumor mills are churning on social media about another change in the pipeline — the country’s first female president.

While there is no official confirmation on the same, twitter is abuzz with conversation about Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal, a legal scholar, being considered for the position of president.

Iqbal’s brilliant legal mind had her uplifted to the Lahore High Court. She was one of the first five women to be appointed there. She served there from 1994 to 2002.

And she also happens to be the daughter-in-law of famous poet, philosopher and politician, Allama Iqbal. Considered among one of leading literary figures in Urdu and Farsi, Iqbal wrote around 12,000 verses of poetry.

He is also regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement, a political movement that aimed for the creation of Pakistan. Allama Iqbal is also the national poet of the country.

Twitter reacts to the rumor

Tweep @sabirgb5 wrote: “So is Pakistan finally going to have a female head of state? Justice Nasira Iqbal’s name doing the rounds for the next President of Pakistan. She is daughter-in-law of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. #PTI”

@Maqamiit tweeted: “Justice Nasira Iqbal, daughter-in-law of Allama Iqbal is being seriously considered for President of Pakistan. She could be Pakistan’s first female President! #ImranKhan #presidentpakistan”

Tweep @BefourMaryam added: “Pakistan might have the first ever female president under Imran Khan’s leadership. Please, you have to do it @ImranKhanPTI!”

Tweep @fatimazaheer91 added: “Pakistan might just have the first female president ever! Thank you Imran Khan.”

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